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LADAKH - ZANSKAR TREK
 

LADAKH - ZANSKAR TREK-(MODERATE) ( 25 Days)

Delhi, Leh/Lamayuru, Wanla/Phenjila, Hanupatta, Photoksar, Chumpado Gongma , Lingshet, Snertse, Hanamur,Pishu River, Karsha , Padam/Trakkar, Reru, Ichar, Dorthong, Purne, Kargiakh, Langkong, Palamao, Darcha, Manali to Delhi >>>

Detailed Itineary

DAY 01 : Arr. Delhi : Transfer to the hotel and overnight in the Hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi /Leh: Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight for leh. Met upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Full day accumulative with the altitude . O/n in Hotel. 

Day 03 : Leh : Full day city tour of the city visiting the monasteries along with an English speaking guide. O/n in the hotel. 

Day 04 : Leh/Lamayuru  : Drive by jeep to Lamayuru and upon arrival visit to the famous monastery and the the village. O/n in the camps. 

Day 05 : Lamayuru /Wanla/Phenjila : Starting from Lamayuru monastery walk down in the valley passing the houses and the fields of Lamayuru. After the fields turn left following right . This route will take you to the Printikila Pass at 3900 Mtrs. From here follow to the gorge until you enter into Shillakong Valley . The route from here to the left goes to Wanla Village and to the right goes into the (Red Colour Gompa) on the top of the hill above the village about 2/3 kms . First Priority Camp at Wanla . Visit Monastery . From here if the time permits then you can head off to Phenjila which is about 3 hrs walk from Wanla . Camp at Phenjila Village below the trees . The route from Wanla follows the Tang river upstream to the left of the river. 

Day 06 : Wanla /Phenjila to Hanupatta  : From Phensjila you follow the left bank of the river until the dead end of the valley , cross the river on a small wooden bridge . From here follow the route to the right of the river and after about 01 kms the baggage ponies have to be unloaded, the load ferried about 100 mts. And then reloaded again. From this point the Hannupatta Village is still about 4 to 5 hrs trek, pass the village of hanupatta and about 01 kms ahead is the camping site on the other side of the river. 

Day 07 : Hanupatta to Photoksar  : Re-cross the river and follow the trek upstream. From here the pass of  SIRSIR LA is about 3 to 4 hrs. Before the base of the pass cross the Tang river and start the ascent to the pass. From the pass the camping site of Photoskar is about 2 hrs. For lunch it should be planned to reach Photoskar as crossing the SIRSIR LA after lunch is not advisable. Start early from hanupatta camp . the camp at Photoksar is much before the village and can be on either side of the small river. No Village enroute. 

Day 08 : Photoksar to Chumpado Gongma : From here until the Boumitsi La the route to followed along with the guide and from there one can see the SINGE LA PASS , which is about 6 hrs. trek from this place. Until the pass have to cross several small streams so advisable to carry extra pair of stockings in case you get wet. From the pass the route descends steeply to a loose boulder strewn area. This is called Chumpado Gongma. And overnight camping. 

Day 09  : GONGMA to LINGSHET : This is a village and Gompa , From Gongma follow the beaten trek to the Kuba La Pass. Descend the pass about 300 mts.. Here you cross a clear water stream and start ascending the NETUKSI LA . it is long ascent and advise the pax to carry enough water to last until the the top of the pass. From the pass again follow the well defined route to Lingshet. From here the village is about 2 hrs. The total trek is 7/8 hours. The Lingshet Gompa is very interesting with scores of old statues. 

Day 10  : LINGSHET to SNERTSE  : Trek past the Gompa and then climb to the pass . It is quite steep and long too and takes about 3 hrs to reach to the top. Should not wait too long at the top. The trek from here to the camping site is about 4 hours. 

Day 11 : SNERTSE to HANAMUR VILLAGE : From the river bank you start the climb to the Parfi la . Takes 2 to 3 hrs time. Trek another 2 hours downward to have the flat ground for the lunch. This would the first time to see the the Zanskar river . The camp is another 2 hrs in the tree grove of Hanamur Village before the houses. 

Day 12 : HANAMUR to PISHU RIVER : From here the route is following the right bank of the Zanskar river the village of Pishu. The camp at Pishu is below the village on the grassy meadow near the bank of the Zanskar river.   

 Day 13 : PISHU RIVER to KARSHA : From Pishu You can see Zangla Village on the other side and the approach to this village is on a rope bridge about 01 hrs from Pishu on the Zanskar river. The total excursion to Zangla fro Pishu and back to bridge will take about 4 to 5 hours.  It is better to carry on to Karsha - the largest in Zanskar . The camp in Karsha is near STOD or DODA river. 

Day 14 : KARSHA TO PADUM/TRAKKAR:  Cross the bridge - From here follow the route for Padum passing through Pipting Village . Visit the new monastery cum residence built in the honour of Dalai Lama. Then trek to Trakkar Village. 

Day 15 : TRAKKAR TO RERU :From Trakkar the route follows the right bank of the Kargiakh Chu river. After about 2 hrs visit the monastery of Bardun perched atop hill. The route to Mune and further Reru is well defined. O/n camping in the Reru village. 

Day 16  : RERU TO  ICHAR OR AFTER DORTHONG : From Reru bypass the village and enroute view of rope bridge. The camp at Ichar is on the other side of the river or we can further. O/n in Dorthong. 

Day 17 : DORTHONG to PURNE : From here you pass several villages like Kalbok , Surle etc. . The Purne Village is at the confluence of Kargiakh Chu and the water coming from PHUGTAL MONASTERY.  The camp is on the other side of the Kargiakh river. 

Day 18  : PURNE TO KARGIAKH  : Roughly 21 kms - You pass though one of the most scenic village of the trek TEESTA. After Teesta 1 km to the village of STANGZE . on the other side of the KARGIAKH river. From Stanza Passing Thabal Village we arr. At the head of the Khargiakh Village. The camping sites are before and after the village. It is advisable to camp away from the village as the population do not like horses to feed upon there grass and there crops. Though they welcome you to visit there houses and would gladly offer a cup of butter tea or Gur Gur Tea.
It will be good to camp after the village as the next stage to the base of the Shingola can become longer due to River crossing. 

Day 19 : KARGIAKH to LAKONG : 19 Kms - An early start is advisable from the camp so the rivers can be crossed before the lunch time. The trek follows the left bank of the river up and down and always keeping in view the dominating rock peak of GOMBARRANJON. Below the peak right to the peak and left to the main river there are several streams running down the other side of the peak and at times create a nuisance while crossing - take care !! From this point walk through big stones in the shed of the peak and about 01 hour trek cross the water- to turn to the base of the Shingola. The route is clearly visible to the left of the Shingola nala . 

Day 20: LAKONG to ZANSKAR SUMDO ;17 kms -An early start to cross the pass the intial climb for the camp is steep and keeps to the right of the stream. After 01 hour of the climb the traverses to the left nearing to the pass and walking is on loose moraine . just before the pass the last kilometer or so is walking on the snow. From the Pass the rest of the route is visible and the descending is on the Shingo Galcier- which is covered by debris. Down from the pass follow the stream to the right side as you have descended. Until Sumdo have to cross several torrential  streams which after 2 pm becomes quite forceful
After crossing the pass RAMJAK on a grassy patch . Climb to the pass from Lekong will take about 2 hrs.
Rest of the route being rocky but all down will take 6 hours. The last patch of the trek is steep , descend directly at the camping site on the bank of BARI river. 

Day 21 : SUMDO to PLAMO: 09m kms- A short day starting with river crossing right from the camp site - there are two options to reach Plamo - One is to cross the river which is very difficult due to tremendous water force and open in the month June July and early Aug. and the second route is to take a pulley , but may have to cross some more water on the other side but not as forceful as Shingo water. The cam site at Plamo is excellent 

Day 22 : PALAMO to DARCH : The last day of the trek is very relaxing and gives your eyes some freshness with the greenery around. From the camp  Site cross the river on a small wooden Plank laid over the narrowest part of the gorge through which the river thunder past it is an breath taking experience   to stand high upon the bank of the river looking at the fall at the head of the gorge is to believed to be created by the goddess Paldan Lahmo by the slash Offer Wapon and hence the Palamo after her name after crossing the    river walk past the Village of Chikka and Reri (Which are the Last Village at this End of the Lahaul Valley and whom to many of our Horse Man )after   Reri there is a half  Dusty half tar road to Darcha until the Camping site . 

Day 23: Darcha to Manali : Drive on the National High Way Passing through Jispa ,Gemor ,Keylong  ,Tandi , Khoksar  Rohtang Pass ,and then You arrive in Kullu Valley    ,Arrive at manali Over night at Hotel . 

Day 24 :Manali to Delhi : 585Kms leave after Breakfast for Delhi Long drive Arrive Delhi in the Late Evening . Over night in to hotel. 

Day 25  : Delhi to Back Home : Transfer to International Airport to connect Flight to back Home

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